Are you interested in finding out what plants and critters live the fenced-off grassy area in the middle of Victoria Park? This area is known as the Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi Grasslands and contains habitat for the rare Chequered Copper Butterfly.
You're invited to join experts and volunteers on a Grasslands Field Trip of to discover what lives here!
This area protects an endangered ecological community of remnant Grey Box Grassy Woodland, which is looked after by the City of Adelaide’s Biodiversity team. Butterfly Conservation SA (BSCA) volunteers also help to look after this area and regularly monitor the area for critters - especially the rare Chequered Copper Butterfly!
Learning what lives in an area helps build connection to that place, as well as helping to build an understanding of what species come out to play in different seasons. Spend a few hours on a field trip with us and you'll learn a thing or two - like how to ID grasses, hang out with spiders and find out what and where the ant highway is! Kaurna smoking ceremony will begin at 10am.
The trip is limited to a maximum of 50 attendees, including children, so book now to avoid disappointment!
This is event is part of the Nature Festival and put on by Butterfly Conservation SA with support by City of Adelaide.
Who is this event for?
Anyone with a desire to be outside and who is keen to learn more about our amazing and rare natural ecosystems. Suitable for children over 10 years old.
Accessibility: This event will include moving around on slightly uneven unsealed tracks and grassy areas.
Wheelchairs and prams are ok.
What to bring?
Please wear closed shoes, a hat and bring water bottle, pen for taking notes and magnifying glass to see things up close.
Kids are welcome.
Bring snacks and coffee if you need it - but please take any waste away with you at the end of the event.
Where exactly do we meet?
Meet at location marked on the map – it is near the interpretive sign and a bin. Please note it can take 5-15 minutes to walk here from the closest car parks.
Car parks and walking paths are in dark blue on the map.
Cafes are marked with yellow coffee cup icons.
COVID-19 safe arrangements
All attendees will be required to follow the current advice (on the day) from SA Health regarding COVID19 safety. Hand sanitiser will be provided and social distancing will be encouraged. There will be trained COVID19 marshals on site to ensure appropriate safety measures are being met.
Where can I find out more about BSCA?
Please visit: https://butterflyconservationsa.net.au/
On social media: https://www.instagram.com/Butterfly_Conservation_SA/?hl=enhttps://twitter.com/ButterflyConsSAhttps://www.facebook.com/Butterfly-Conservation-South-Australia-1116575501735252/
Keen to volunteer?
Join the BCSA’s Friends of Chequered Copper (Lucia limbaria) Butterfly or other natural resource groups such as the Australian Plant Society (SA) or Nature Conservation Society (SA)
Contact the Chairman of BCSA for a friendly chat, to help out on the day or for random facts about or to find out more about our beautiful local butterflies!
Gerry: 0407 972 149, Chairman@butterflyconservationsa.net.au
What is a Kaurna smoking ceremony?
Smoking ceremonies are an ancient custom in which native plants are burnt to produce smoke. The ceremony acknowledges the ancestors and pay respect to the land and Country. The smoke cleanses the spirit and opens the mind to what is about to be learned or experienced.
I can’t make it to the event, can I still access the trail or the booklet?
The trail is a path – that is permanently in this space now
If you can’t make it to the event, there will be interpretive signage in the area until mid November, and you can pick up an activity booklet at the Customer Centre, or at the cafes at Victoria Park.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a large number of booklets for your class / OHSC.
I have registered for the event but can no longer attend. What should I do?
As places are limited, please cancel your registration from your Eventbrite confirmation, or contact email@example.com so that we can do it for you. Others may be able to attend the event in your place.